Ojude Oba: Abiodun, Sanwo-Olu, Osoba, Adebutu, Others Defy Downpour, Pay Homage To Oba Adetona - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



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Ojude Oba: Abiodun, Sanwo-Olu, Osoba, Adebutu, Others Defy Downpour, Pay Homage To Oba Adetona

 • Women horse riders 

The Daily Crucible | Tuesday, July 12, 2022

By Mariam Adekunle, Abeokuta

Ijebu sons and daughters in their thousands as well as their friends defied heavy downpour that pounded Ijebu - Ode, Ogun State for hours to pay homage to their revered monarch, the Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, at the resumed Ojude Oba cultural carnival.

The over a century year old festival celebrated yearly two days after the Muslim Ileya, was lasted observed in 2019 and suspended thereafter for two years  following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which rocked Nigeria and the rest of world in 2020.

Osoba, Sanwo-Olu, Oba Adetona & Abiodun

With palpable excitement, Ijebu sons and daughters, including governor Dapo Abiodun who is a member of Bobagunte age grade (Regberegbe), and former House of Representatives member and 2023 governorship candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), took turn to pay homage to Oba Adetona who is often referred to as Orisa Ijebu (the god of the Ijebu nation in Nigeria and disapora).

Over a dozen regberegbes - males and females, as well as about 10 families of the Baloguns (Ijebu warlords) and eleshins (horse riders) participated in this year Ojude Oba where governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State was the Chairman and Special guest of honour.

Also in attendance was the Aremo Oba Awujale and former of the state, Chief Segun Osoba.

Addressing the people, Dapo Abiodun  reiterated his administration's commitment to reviving the Olokola deep seaport project in line with the transport master plan of the present state government.

Abiodun assured that the project located in the Ogun Waterside Local Government Area would be completed and inaugurated by his administration.

"Let me formally announce the revival of the Olokola Deep Seaport in Ogun Waterside area of our state, this is in line with our transport master plan. And the promise I made to our people and our father, the  Awujale, is that the port will be built in his lifetime and we will commission that deep sea port," he said.

Abiodun while noting that the theme of the festival, 'The return of Ojude Oba' is very apt considering that the festival was not celebrated in the last two years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, said that the celebration of the 2022 festival was an opportunity to gather, pay homage to the monarch and plan ahead for the new year.

He noted further that it was imperative for every son and daughter of Ijebuland to take the opportunity of the festival to plan for the continued development of Ijebu-Ode, Ijebuland and the state, said that his administration would continue to put in place measures that would help to develop the tourism sector.

The governor restated  that his administration would not develop any part of the state at the expense of the other, disclosing that his administration had been able to deliver over one thousand five hundred affordable housing units across the state, reconstructed over a thousand classrooms, renovated over a hundred primary healthcare centers out of the two hundred and thirty-six targeted.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the year 2022 Ojude Oba Festival and Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while noting that the festival has grown to become one of the most important cultural events not only in the state, but in the country, said that the festival has continued to be the unifying symbol which cuts across faith and tribes.

Sanwo-Olu commended his Ogun State counterpart for the great work done on the Ijebu-Ode-Epe expressway.

He also called for the unity of the Yoruba race as well as the support  for the presidential bid of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu come 2023.

"Let me make this rallying call on all sons and daughters of the Yoruba race to pronounce that in the unifying spirit of the Ojude Oba festival, it is my hope and belief that the entire Yoruba race will rise up and unite as one to ensure that the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a proud Lagosian and Yoruba man is supported," he said.

In his welcome address, the chairman, Planning Committee of the festival, Wahab Osinusi,  thanked God for the return of the festival after a two year break.

He urged the people of Ijebuland to be mindful of the security challenges confronting the nation, remain calm, peaceful and law abiding throughout the duration of the festival.

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